Pathankot attack disturbed Pakistan, India talks: Sharif (Lead, changing dateline)

Lahore, Jan 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday said that the terror attack in India’s Pathankot town disturbed the peace process between Pakistan and India, a media report said.

Sharif said that matters between Pakistan and India were moving in the right direction. He, however, regretted that the Pathankot incident had disturbed the negotiation process, Radio Pakistan reported.

The January 2 Pathankot attack was carried out by six terrorists who stormed an Indian Air Force base in Indian Punjab’s Pathankot town.

All the six terrorists of the Jaish-e-Mohammad were killed by security forces. Seven Indian security personnel were killed in the brazen terror strike.

India had sought action against the perpetrators of the attack and shared “actionable” evidence against banned JeM leader Masood Azhar. There were reports that Azhar was detained by the security forces.

Sharif then held a high level meeting with security agencies and ordered a thorough probe to be carried out. India welcomed Sharif’s direction to send a team to probe the Pathankot attack.

Pakistan’s Daily Times, in an editorial on Saturday, noted that the Pathankot attack had come “just as the two sides had groped their way back to the negotiating table after initial aggressive intent was on display from the (Narendra) Modi government”.

“On present trends at least, the post-Pathankot scenario has a chilling resemblance to post-Mumbai,” said the daily, referring to the 2008 attack in Mumbai that left 166 people, including many foreigners, dead.

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